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Training for Utopia (TFU) was a metalcore and industrial metal band which existed from 1996–2000. They drew comparisons to bands such as Meshuggah due to their use of odd time signatures and poly-rythms. The band first signed with Tooth & Nail Records and was later moved to Solid State Records, the Tooth & Nail metal imprint. Training for Utopia subsequently became popular in the metal scene during its active years.

Their brief existence included a tour with Zao and Spitfire. It was during this time that the band hired Carlos Colon for their 1998 tour providing synthesizers to their live show. The result was a chaotic and loud sonic assault that stretched across the United States and back. Immediately following the tour Carlos left the band to pursue other aspirations. After a temporary hiatus the band returned with their second full length “Throwing a Wrench into the American Music Machine”. After a small tour of the material the band disbanded.

At the demise of Training for Utopia, members Ryan and Don Clark announced that they were starting a new project called The American Spectator which never was realized. Don and Ryan Clark started “Asterik Studio” in Seattle, a graphic design shop where they completed many projects, including album artwork for former label-mates. In 2002, they founded the metal band Demon Hunter.


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  • BlindSlaves

    I found The Falling Cycle EP at a thrift store for $0.99 o.O

    3 Jul 6:55pm Reply
  • JavierGarciaCeb

    I dig this band more than Demon Hunter [2]

    12 Jun 2013 Reply
  • marinamelnik

    сделали мне сегодняшний вечер

    2 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Psaurcacneosisa

    v well duh v

    6 Jan 2012 Reply
  • mazziexhardyz

    I dig this band more than Demon Hunter

    22 Jun 2011 Reply
  • ramsesisimus

    NYC = overrated TFU = underrated [3]

    7 May 2011 Reply
  • TheDestroyer68

    Oh yeah Ryan and Don Clark! I forgot they were in this band haha.

    4 Jan 2011 Reply
  • OnFireAlive

    I'm amazed, wish they would get back together.

    15 Oct 2010 Reply
  • fdangerous

    really sick band, and the fact that these guys went on to form demon hunter is cool too.

    15 Aug 2010 Reply
  • xjasonleebyasx

    NYC = overrated TFU = underrated [2]

    13 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Wosko9

    such a good band and i just got into them from the ZAO split cd... shame theyre not around any more though

    1 May 2010 Reply

    I'm convinced there will never be a better christian metalcore band than this one. I kinda wish they would put out the original versions of the songs from throwing a wrench. . . .they could call it "throwing a wrench-remix" :) (3 of those songs are still pretty good)

    3 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Matthewof1979

    Be so cool to see them play one show at Cornerstone .

    28 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Killerah

    This band was mind blowing. Probably my favorite metalcore band. Mainly because of singlehanded attempt at revolution, but also because they had a pretty unique style overall and made some pretty butt kicking songs.

    12 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Psaurcacneosisa

    Two screaming TFU fans can't be wrong (about the Clark Bros. selling out) sound like a good song title?

    5 Jul 2009 Reply
  • Matthewof1979

    Single Handed Attempt At Revolution amazing song. You guys need Liston to the words so powerful .

    3 Apr 2009 Reply
  • psychotacon87

    my friend gave me Technical Difficulties 'cos he didn't like their's the best free cd i've ever recieved. so, so awesome. i too wish they'd play a few sets as this group. they truly were ahead of the times. also! @HeWhoIsZ: i agree with you...but substituting showbread for zao and adding Tears' suggestion of mewithoutYou.

    19 Jan 2009 Reply
  • toddriverz

    NYC = overrated TFU = underrated

    21 Dec 2008 Reply
  • herrensgafva

    They were great.. But they were also ugly. :P

    9 Nov 2008 Reply
  • Matthewof1979

    New York City Is Overrated !

    8 Nov 2008 Reply
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